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from sea

We are located on the North West coast of Scotland about 70 miles west of the City of Inverness which has good transport links to the rest of the UK.
Both properties are situated at the southern end of the village of Shieldaig - opposite the pier.
You need access to a car in order to travel around this remote area which has very limited public transport

There are two routes to reach us from the south


Via Fort William
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from Glasgow take the A82 up the side of Loch Lomond to Crianlarach, across Rannach Moor and down Glencoe to Fort William. Continue on the A82 (sign-posted Inverness) to Invergarry. Here turn Left onto the A87 towards Kyle of Lochalsh. Shortly after passing Eilean Donan Castle turn right onto the A890 to Lochcarron - this road is single track in places so drive with care. After crossing the railway line at Strathcarron you come to a T junction. Turn Left onto the A896. This takes you through Lochcarron village. Continue on this road to Shieldaig - again single track in places. As you approach Shieldaig you go over a cattle grid and the road forks - take the Left fork along the coast over another cattle grid and Pier House and The Cottage are on your Right opposite the pier.


Driving on single track roads

The above route takes you through dramatic Highland scenery but can be quite slow if the roads are busy.

It will take about 5 hours to get here from Glasgow


Via Inverness
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From the M74 follow signs for Stirling and then Perth. Pick up the A9 at Perth and keep on this road to Inverness. Do not go into the City Centre but keep on the by-pass following signs for Dingwall and Ullapool. Go over the Kessock Bridge. At the next large roundabout the A9 continues northwards and you need to take the second exit onto the A835 for Ullapool. Continue on this road - do not turn into Dingwall unless you need to get some shopping. You pass through Contin and Garve. Shortly after leaving Garve turn Left onto the A832 for Gairloch. At Achnasheen continue straight on at the roundabout. In the middle of Kinlochewe turn Left onto the A896. This takes you through Glen Torridon and is mostly single track road with passing places. Drive carefully. At Torridon follow the road to the Left - it now becomes two track all the way to Shieldaig. On reaching the Shieldaig sign it is easiest to continue on the upper road. As you come down the hill you will see a very sharp Right turning heading back into the village along the coast. Take this and Pier House and The Cottage are on your Right. Alternatively - particularly if you have a trailer - at the Shieldaig sign turn Right and take the lower road through the village. We are the last but one houses on your Left before you rejoin the main road.

The above route takes about 3.5 hours from Perth.


Air

Inverness Airport is about 1 hour 45 minute drive from the cottage. It has expanded a great deal in recent years and there are now flights to many UK destinations and Amsterdam.

FlyBe

EasyJet

British Airways

KLM

Alternatively, it is possible to get here by flying to Glasgow, Edinburgh or Aberdeen and then drive. It takes about 4.5 hours to drive from Glasgow or Edinburgh Airports and 3 hours from Aberdeen.


All the major car rental firms operate out of Inverness Airport.

Focus Vehicle Rental, provides cars for collection at the Airport or Railway Station

Cars and bikes can also be hired locally from Lochcarron Garage


A bus service ( Number 11 ) operates every half hour between Inverness airport and the City Centre/Railway Station.
Timetable


Rail

There are frequent Intercity rail services from London, Glasgow and Edinburgh to Inverness. This includes a night sleeper service which leaves London Euston at approximately 9pm and arrives in Inverness at 8am the following morning. The return journey runs to similar timings in the opposite direction.

Car rentals can be picked up at Inverness Station - about 90 minutes drive to the cottage.

There are 4 trains daily Monday to Saturday (1 train on Sundays) in each direction between Inverness and Kyle of Lochalsh calling at Strathcarron Station about 17 miles from the cottage. 

PLEASE CHECK TIMES WITH NATIONAL RAIL

 National Rail

MegaTrain


Bus

There is a local minibus service run by DMK Motors which connects with the 2 morning trains from Inverness and the 12:45 to Inverness. It leaves Shieldaig Stores at 11.40 daily ( Monday to Saturday) and returns at about 13:30.

There are various other local minibus services

     Lochcarron area Timetable

Traveline Scotland

LONG DISTANCE BUS SERVICES

Operate between Inverness and major UK cities by National Express and Megabus

National Express

Megabus

 
  It is thus possible to reach The Cottage or Pier House by public transport from London - night sleeper from Euston to Inverness - train to Strathcarron and then mini-bus to the front door - we know it works 'cos we've done it.
It took 14 hours with excellent connections - left London late evening, slept on the train and had lunch in the garden - perfect.